>> Twin scandals dogging Japan's leader as he ice up his legacy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could make a third run at the top job next year. But now questions are swirling over his ties to a kindergarten with an ultra-nationalist agenda. On Thursday, his top adviser denied any financial link to the school from Abe or his wife, who was once listed as an honorary principal.
Separately, Abe's Defense Chief is on the pressure to step down. Reuters Linda Sieg says, fighting fires on two fronts could put Abe's bright future at risk.>> If it continues to grab headlines and it comes closer to the Prime Minister himself, his support rates will potentially drop. The school scandal seems to have a new development almost every day.
The principal now will appear in parliament next week to answer questions from lawmakers about the scandal. The second scandal involves allegations of a cover up at the defense ministry of records kept by Japan's troops. In South Sudan, Defense Minister Tomomi Inada is now facing pressure to resign. This is particularly potentially damaging to others because she is a close ally of Abe and in fact, a political protege.
>> Domestically, it's a distraction for Abe but it's also disruptive as he needs to focus on economic talks with US President Donald Trump.>> Starting next month, the government will begin under Finance Minister Aso discussions with the United States about trade and investment, the possibility of a bilateral FTA.
If the government is going to respond to the latest allegation in the scandals then it can be caught off balance.>> This is actually Shinzo Abe's second stint in power. In 2007, he resigned from office after scandals erupted in his cabinet. He denies allegations that he helped the school buy cheap land but swears if evidence comes up, he'll follow a time on a tradition and resign.